ICYMI: Sorensen posted anti-police content on secret Facebook account

November 4, 2022

Radical Eric Sorensen has a secret Facebook account that he’s used to post anti-police content, including a meme about defunding the police and images of graffiti that reads “All Cops Are B*******.”

NRCC Comment: “Eric Sorensen is nothing more than an anti-police radical.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Courtney Parella

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Democratic hopeful posted anti-police content on secret Facebook account, campaign alleges
Washington Examiner
Gabe Kaminsky
November 4, 2022

A Democratic congressional nominee has a secret Facebook account that he’s used in order to post anti-police content, the campaign for his Republican opponent alleged to the Washington Examiner.

Eric Sorensen, a former weatherman running as a Democrat to represent the 17th Congressional District in Illinois, has publicly espoused support for law enforcement in 2022. But according to the campaign for Republican nominee Esther Joy King, a military veteran running against Sorensen, the weatherman has privately hummed to a different tune in the past — using an alter-ego Facebook account to denigrate the men and women who serve.

“This is just another case of Eric Sorensen misleading voters,” Ashley Phelps, a spokeswoman for King’s campaign, told the Washington Examiner. “Sorensen says he supports police officers but then posts terrible things about them on social media.”

Sorensen operates a Facebook account named Cire Nesneros, according to King’s campaign, which is the nominee’s name spelled backward. That account has a profile picture depicting Sorensen and a bio stating, “Broadcast weather/climate 1999-2021. Running to become first Meteorologist in Congress since 1976,” according to a Washington Examiner review on Friday.

In addition, Cire Nesneros made a picture of Sorensen’s home the cover photo for his profile in December 2021, a post shows. That home is located in Moline, Illinois.

In June 2020, “Cire Nesneros” posted a graphic supporting the Defund the Police movement, according to a post obtained by the Washington Examiner.

“It’s interesting to me that everything gets cut but our military budget always soars,” the account wrote. “But if you speak out against that budget, you’re deemed against the troops. We need a government that benefits all the people.”

Later in February 2021, Cire Nesneros posted images of graffiti he observed on a hike, according to another post obtained by the Washington Examiner. The phrase “ACAB,” which stands for the political slogan “All Cops Are B*******,” was painted in blue next to the phrase “Fascist Pig.”

“What a great hike on Sylvan Island in Moline,” wrote Cire Nesneros. “Beautiful scenery and some spectacularly colorful graffiti.”

Should Cire Nesneros in fact be Sorensen, as King’s campaign alleges, it is unclear how the anti-police posts marry with an op-ed the weatherman penned on Oct. 12, 2022. That article was titled, “We need to properly fund the police,” and it was published in the Quad-City Times, a newspaper that circulates in Iowa and Illinois.

“Our communities have been suffering the devastating effects of a crime crisis for far too long now,” wrote Sorensen in the article. “Every day, before I reported on the weather, I listened to my colleagues report on the unprecedented situation our law enforcement community faces every day. From rising crime to a growing mental health crisis, our local police have been asked to do more, with fewer resources.”

He continued: “Watching the news, it’s clear to see how hard it is to be an officer today. These brave men and women answer our calls every time we ask for help. Now it’s our time to help restore the dignity of their profession through funding their salaries, training, and equipment to a level equal to the tasks being assigned to them.”

Sorensen’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

The race between Sorensen and King is currently a toss-up, according to multiple trackers for the midterm elections. The 17th Congressional District is currently represented by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), who announced in 2021 she would not run for reelection.

Bustos defeated King by roughly 12,100 votes in the 2020 general election.

“The truth is, Sorensen will say anything to get elected,” Phelps told the Washington Examiner.